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Malaysian living in Singapore: Why I will never want to retire here

Posted by temasektimes on October 25, 2012

I’m a Malaysian who has been living in Singapore for the past 13 years and I have to say that Alvin is right. I miss the laid-back easy life back home. But I chose to focus on my career and Singapore is the place to do it. If I want a lil Livin’ and some soulful action i just hop across the border. In SG i switch off. In Malaysia i switch on. It has worked well for me and i simply learn to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The thing I love about Singapore is the Safety factor. The thing I hate about Singapore is how they tend to blow things out of proportion esp about the crime rate. The crime rate in malaysia is the same as what you get in Sydney, New York and London. Singaporeans will pay thousands to fly there for holiday but squeal at the thought of driving across to JB. Seriously, if you keep reading Straits Times, then you will have been thoroughly brainswashed by the bullshit newspaper that scares the crap out of you about driving into Malaysia so that you will spend your money in SG and not in MY.

Both countries have their good and bad. However, I will NEVER want to retire in Singapore simply because I wont be able to afford it and I don’t think i want to be surrounded by concrete jungle when I’m in my 60′s and 70′s.


*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.


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Singapore needs constructive dialogue and not endless complaining

Posted by temasektimes on October 21, 2012

Singapore has done tremendously well given its small size and that no one owes Spore a living. Those who continue to moan and complain are not seeing the bigger picture.

I was impressed with the development plans of Punggol. And there are other developments that have not being announced. Some months ago I visited the Water Resources exhibition and spoke to a PUB engineer. It is amazing how Spore is harnessing its water resources and will be self-sufficient by 2061. Which small country is able to achieve that?

There plans to integrate the green lungs, to provide connectors for cyclists. I see plenty of improvement efforts. There have been big disappointments such as the floods and breakdown of the MRT trains. But Spore is not one to sit down and give excuses. They are working hard to solve problems.

People now queue up at hawkers centres. Took several decades to inculcate that social grace. It may take years to get everyone to clear their food trays but it will happen. Some things can be leglisated e.g. smoking and littering. And litterbugs will face more penalties. In time to come, Singaporeans and residents will learn not to litter. The MRT stations are showing the way…no dustbins. In Japan, no public bins at all…take your trash home with you.

Visit the IT website and see what Spore is doing countrywide. Look up the Healthcare IT websites and see how Spore is integrating all doctors and hospitals to enable personalized records.

I read plenty of lambasting over the FT policies, the over-crowding of trains, etc. These are but challenges to be overcomed. Solutions may take some months or even years. But over-crowding? Tell me which shopping mall is over-crowded? There are so many now and the trains disperse shoppers island-wide. I see major crowding on week-ends in Little India but that is not caused by Singaporeans but FTs gathering among themselves.. a good way to de-stress.

We need constructive dialogues. Complaining alone does not get us anywhere.


*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Singaporean agrees with Alvin Tan that living in Malaysia beats Singapore

Posted by temasektimes on October 20, 2012

Upfront, I am a born here, bred here Singapore Chinese.

I totally agree with Alvin.

Firstly, we don’t even need compare living in Singapore with say Hong Kong, Australia, UK, US, Canada and even in good parts of China (e.g. Shanghai, Beijing) because hands down, these places beat Singapore when you weigh everything up. The favourite argument line Singapore government loves to take is “oh but you know you will pay loads more taxes in places like Australia, UK, US, Canada, etc”.

Well, that’s not true. I used to believe this crap that one of the biggest advantages of being Singaporean is we pay way lower taxes. But I have woken up and see the facts is not such. In places like US, Canada, Uk etc, while it may seem you are paying more taxes (say 40%), but don’t forget that much of these taxes collected goes to welfare benefits which you too will enjoy. However n Singapore, even if you pay say just 15%, all these money goes to the government, you are on your own for medical expenses, education, retirement etc. Our government says it subsidizes. Really? go do your numbers and you know it doesn’t add up. But this is a separate topic on its own.

In Singapore, they tax you front load, in other indirect forms such as COE, high HDB prices, regardless how much you earn and whether you even have a job or not.

I never really thought of comparing Singapore to Malaysia, because honestly, many Singaporeans do grow up thinking Malaysia as their poorer neighbour and you won’t even think of including Malaysia for comparisons especially in living standards and happiness. But Alvin has put forth a very strong and logical argument.

I used to think Singapore is great because it’s safe, etc. Well in a way, that’s true. But hey, if you get into legal trouble, you wish you were in Malaysia where you can just pay off and be done with it. I don’t think the government has time to waste on legal cases like Cecilia Sue, Teacher-Student sex.

I don’t wish to reiterate Alvin’s points of arguments here, I think he has already elaborated them well, self-explanatory.

Before you start getting nationalistic and lambast him for the article, please just take a moment to ask yourself whether are you really happy with your own living standard. If the FT overcrowding public transport and FT taking away local jobs doesn’t affect you, if you can well afford to buy 1-2 cars despite the ridiculous COE prices, and if the $1mln HDB and overall property prices doesn’t affect you, then yes, you are right that Alvin is talking shit and Singapore is indeed a great place to be in. Or if you are one of those 60% who voted for PAP and still blinded, then sure, go ahead the slam Alvin for talking shit.

But if you are those amongst us who are gradually living under impossible conditions, despite all the cosmetic front that our government put forth to impress outsiders, then you will see some truth in Alvin’s article.

So touch your heart, and see things objectively.


*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Depoliticize kindergartens run by PAP Community Foundation

Posted by temasektimes on October 17, 2012

Dear Minister Wong,

I read in the ST yesterday that you are the chairman of the PAP Community Foundation (PCF), which is Singapore’s largest pre-school operator running 330 kindergartens and child-care centres.

It struck me as strange that we have so many pre-schools affiliated to a political party.

It is akin to there being Labour Party kindergartens in the UK or Republican Party kindergartens in the US. Regardless of the history of the PCF, should we not remove any political affiliation it has?

Call it the SINGAPORE Community Foundation instead, and have it funded and run on a non partisan basis.


*The above was first posted as a comment on Mr Lawrence Wong’s Facebook page.

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Aljunied resident: I am most disappointed by Chen Show Mao’s dismal performance

Posted by temasektimes on October 16, 2012

I am an Aljunied GRC constituent and I voted for Chen Show Mao partly because of his past star quality and partly because I abhor the indefensible humongous salaries that the Ministers are paying themselves.

I hope Chen bucks up to our expectation, because otherwise I would be in a dilemma whether to swing my vote back to the PAP. But I have vowed that for so long as the Ministers are grabbing such unjustifiable salaries for themselves I would not vote for them. So, maybe I have no choice but to continue to vote for Chen despite his poor performance.

It seems so long ago and so far away when Chen first joined the WP. My Chinese scholar friend even predicted that ten years down the road, PM Lee would lament to the high heavens: “ji sheng Mao, he sheng Loong?” just like the way Chou Yu (in the Romance of the Three Kingdom) did in his death- bed: “ji sheng Yu, he sheng Liang” after he was repeatedly outwitted by Zhu Ke Liang’s mastery.

Now, it seems that this prediction would never come true if Chen continues in his lackadaisical dismal performance. Perhaps we now have to turn our hopes to Chee Soon Juan who has been consistently outspoken against the high salaries of the Ministers.


*The identity and particulars of the writer are kept confidential to protect him from being harassed by fanatical WP supporters who often resort to hooligan tactics online and offline to silence their critics.

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Joke of the day: Two men and a lady stranded on an island

Posted by temasektimes on October 15, 2012

Two Italian men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The two fought and one KILLED the other to have the lady.

Two American men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– They both had the lady TOGETHER.

Two French men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– They killed the lady to have EACH OTHER.

Two Indonesian men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The first man claimed that island is independent and took the lady as his advisor.
– The second man swam to another island to search for jobs.

Two Thai men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The first man rented the lady to the second man for 2 baht a night.

Two Filipino men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The first man kidnapped the lady and asked for ransom from the other man.

Two Malaysian men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The lady ACCUSED the first man of sodomizing the other because she was rejected by both.

Two Singaporean men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The two men are still waiting for instructions from the GOVERNMENT on how to proceed.

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Overpopulation will lead to an implosion

Posted by temasektimes on October 12, 2012

I agree that Malay wedding at void decks add colour to our Singapore cultural fabric. However now with the over crowding, people’s tolerance to noise and over crowding have changed. Many people are craving for a little peace of mind and more personal space.

May we still maintain our way of life without adding further dress on other residents? Can we move funerals and weddings and other community events to a the town hall? This would reduce the noise levels for those who are studying or need peace and quiet for rest and healing. Locating at town halls and community halls still preserves our way of life and give other people more peace of mind. All these intolerance is a result of our poor immigration policies.

This is what is called cabin fever which usually occurs in winter time when big numbers of people are restricted by weather conditions to remain in one place such as home and dorms. Studies have shown that quarrels and fights increased in this period. We have cramped too many people in a small island and tolerance levels are dropping. So it is useless to keep talking about integration when more FTs are being cramped into an already crowded Singapore.

Take a human being growths and the person is growing up skywards becoming taller and reaching for the skies but here we r expanding sideways which means getting fat and thus is not healthy to our economy. Over feeding will cause an implosion.


*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Time to forgive Amy Cheong and move on

Posted by temasektimes on October 9, 2012

I feel Amy has already been punished and NTUC has stated its stand. But looking at her picture being splash all over the papers’s headline today, I do feel humanely sad for her. How is she going to walk with her head up. Although what she did could potentially could stir up a major situation in some countries, but in Singapore we are still very civil, though we must not take for granted.

In the end its about balance and I do feel the community leaders should stand up to help her walk out of her current situation. The last we want is for her to do anything detrimental to herself due to the pressure she is facing now. Losing a job in less than 24 hours is very tramatic not to mention thousands of people scolding and commenting on her,she probably cannot walk out of her house.

Her martial states “its complicated”, not sure if she has anyone to support her. In the end, she did not kill, steal or rob anyone, does she seserved to be plastered all over and be humiliated? She lost her livelihood, where is her next income going to come, not to mention how is she going to be employed in the short term. It would wiser to have a community leaders (including Malays) to walk her out, counsel her and have closure over this matter. We would be better off as a society.


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The government should serve the people, not lord over them

Posted by temasektimes on October 8, 2012

With all due respect Mr Lee Hsien Loong should not be overly concerned by the comments made by netizens. Some are indeed rude. Even vulgar and totally inappropriate. But……..Mr Lee, this is democracy! Messy, loud and even confusing sometimes… but at least everyone has the right to think and speak their minds. Do you still want to be a control freak and curtail the further growth of Singapore into a more open and freer society? Looks to me Mr Lee that you will not give up on the Internal Security Act (ISA) as you want to have the vile/evil power to detain citizens without trial. You still can have a form of deterrent against anarchists and troublemakers hellbent on destroying Singapore without resorting to the draconian ISA. It is high time now that we make amendments: we are now better educated and certainly do not need this ‘hoon’ law.

Singapore can be justifiably proud when we look just around us. Within the South-East Asian region we shine as a beacon of truth and light….with reasonable wealth as well. But alas, Mr Lee you’re no longer committed to the nation’s continued growth and prosperity. Seems that you’re more interested in your own gain and political power rather than improving the lives of your fellow Singaporeans. I’ve seen and heard your arguments in parliament when you argued for million dollars salaries for your ministers. I’m not convinced. If your ministers are that good, even yourself, you should resign and make yourself available in the private sector. That way, you will earn more money (your implied claim) isn’t it?? I’d strongly encourage you and your ministers to do so.

I will never criticise for criticism sake. We need to re-evaluate the present situation in Singapore. Amend/improve upon them wherever possible….. With An All Out Effort! You have the power and resources. Just Do It!!

I hope that I’m not being discourteous and disrespectful for writing these forthright and sincere comments. Thanks, one and all. You may criticise me for all you like.

To the precious government ministers: If you cannot take the heat please, please
stay out of the kitchen!

Do remember : As the government you should serve us and not lord over us.


*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times

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Opposition supporter: Shameful of WP to affiliate with the PAP

Posted by temasektimes on October 7, 2012

This sad turn of event is indeed disheartening for Singaporeans, especially those in Aljunied GRC. They must have felt betrayed. No wonder those WP MPs have been silent on issues which adversely affect the lives of Singaporeans.

But not to worry. True blue Singaporeans are not to be fooled again come 2016. The WP have chosen to affiliate with the PAP. It can then be held that no vote for WP is no vote for PAP. The latter must now be very desperate. What went on between the two behind closed doors appears to be quite obvious now.

I am sure many WP members and supporters do not align themselves with this cordial relationship which they surely feel is against the party’s principles and honour. The party leadership seems to agree with the adage “If you can’t beat them, join them”. This is indeed a shameful move. But for people without any face, there’s no face to lose.

But all is not lost. There are other political parties and they see the WP as very disgusting as fellow opposition. They must now take this as a lesson and pledge not to follow such lowdown bootlicking. With the current hot issues which the government bulldoze around, unhappy Singaporeans can still vote in more opposition MPs, not including the WP. Desperate tactics to increase foreign born citizens will not help the PAP-WP alliance to win by a very big margin.

The SDP, RP and NSP should join hands to form another party to take on the PAP and WP in GE2016. Victory is not impossible. Consider Singaporeans’ interest first, party’s second. Unhappy Singaporeans are waiting.


*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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